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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1819) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle in cool white ceramic glass. A little disappointed in this one. Not a great aroma but an awesome appearance of a hugh head and lots of activity from the carbonation. This lasts till the end. Flavor is a little too bitter and sour at first but warms up my tastes buds near the end. Decent brew but was expecting more.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2884) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
now, if I could only find a woman to match this beer. gawd. sensual. Velvety enticing head, lots o lace, deceptive soft palate and mouth. nice balanced finish. caramely, very low hops, jewel tones of alcohol, very ripe dark fruits to balance the burnt sugars. eminantly satisfying. Having this particular one on draft at Bodega. Patrons agree that this is one of the best of this on draft served at Bodega. MIght try a bottle concurently. That is if you’ll loan me a buck

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Sweet malt, dark fruit, and yeast aroma. Pours a fairly dark brown. Flavors of sweet malt, cookie, malt, belgian yeast, alcohol. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2006
Amber brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma began with a fruity pear, moved on to deliver icing-sugar sweetness and ended with a musty leathery yeastiness. The taste was rich, dark-fruited, alcoholic and warming, with a good bitter ending. It’s like liquid Christmas cake. Utterly wonderful.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2006
pours amber with staying white lacey head. smells sweet but with alcohol present. complex flavor with many dark fruits, but first couple drinks is overpowering, then eases up and is quiet enjoyable. be ready for complex flavor and ALOT of alcohol

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Pleasant pastry-like (freshly baked brown sugar turnover) quality to the nose. Very dark hazy amber body with much carbonation at first. Thick, generous beige head leaves nice lacing. Taste is marvellously sweet. Sugarcane, barley malt and yeast overpower the hops. Alcohol bite is very present (at 10.5%, no kidding) leaves tingling sensation in your mouth. Smooth, sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 Deep amber color with nice creamy head. Aroma is mellow with malts and citrus. Flavor is a bit sweet and fruity, medium complexity. A little bubbly for its color. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Draft at Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh. Pours copper brown iwth an off white head, spotty lacing. Very pronounced aroma of sugary dark fruit and alcohol. Fine carbonation bubbles. Flavor of brown sugar, raisens, and alcohol. Caramel comes out in the finish with a dry alcoholic bite. If like alcohol and sweetness, this beer is for you.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1941) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Pours a rusty brown with thin, beige head. The aroma is pretty strong. Flavour is quite sweet and malty with some spices and a light hoppy finish. Alcohol’s quite strong and prominent. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied. This is a little sweet for my liking and the alcohol could be much more subtle

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2006
11.2 fl oz bottle obtained at Florian’s in Auburn as part of a variety 6-pack. Murky brown body with light tan head that’s a couple fingers thick. Smells yeasty, fruity (dates? plums?) and roasty. Tastes roasty, fruity, somewhat chocolatey maybe? Complex and unique certainly. The only dark tripel I know of, so I’m not sure what to compare it to. Rather pleasant and tasty. Good for anyone who like dubbels or maybe stouts.


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